The [easyazon_link asin=”B002EVPBH0″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Razer Megalodon [/easyazon_link], in a way, is like Italian espresso. A truly great cup of coffee can’t be instant. In fact, there are a lot of factors you have to think about and the entire process can be terribly tedious. The Megalodon is the same way. You will have to learn how to tweak the headphone and the mike for your PC’s idiosyncrasies and for each game’s audio quality. But when you do succeed in fine tuning it and setting it just right, the gaming sound is pretty spectacular. I hope you will enjoy my Razer Megalodon Review!
Specs and Features
The Megalodon is a headset that requires a PC with a built-in powered USB port. It only supports Windows from XP to Windows 7. And if the source material only offers two channels, you will just get stereo sound instead of 7.1 surround sound.
- The headphones use 40mm drivers with neodymium magnets. It offers 7.1 surround sound. The inner ear cup diameter is 50mm or 1.97” and the cable is 3.3m or 10.83 feet. It weighs about 225g or 0.5 pounds.
- The mic’s frequency response ranges from 50 to 16,000 Hz. Its sensitivity is -37 dB ± 4dB @1kHz, 1V/Pa, but this can be adjusted. The signal to noise ratio is 50 dB and it uses unidirectional pickup. It can amplify the mic volume as well.
- It also has a separate audio processing unit. This is where you control the master volume, the volume of the speakers (front, side, rear), the base level, and the mic controls.
Pros and Cons
If we were to travel back in time to 2009, then the [easyazon_link asin=”B002EVPBH0″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Razer Megalodon [/easyazon_link] would have been supreme. After all, this was at one point the BEST in the Razer lineup. But today, it’s a different story.
Usually in reviews like this we start with the good stuff. But not this time, because the drawbacks are pretty significant.
- When it was released, the Megalodon had a price tag of $150. Believe it or not, but today, it has become more expensive at over $240.
- The last firmware update was in 2011, so that means you may encounter some difficulties when you use windows 8. And don’t get me started on Mac.
- You will need to tweak the settings for both the mike and the headphone if you want both to work properly. You’ll need some luck here, of course, because there are certain factors involved. First, you need to make sure that your USB is good enough to power the headset. Then you need to consider your games. If your games don’t offer 7.1 features, then you need to switch the Megalodon to stereo setting.
But if you are okay with the all the mentioned faults, then the [easyazon_link asin=”B002EVPBH0″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Razer Megalodon [/easyazon_link] is great despite its age. The sound is truly exceptional (when you tweak it just right). It is clear and crisp and the direction of your enemies in fps games will be very obvious every time they make a sound. When you tweak your mike settings properly, your voice will sound clear to your buddies as well.
The Megalodon is also very comfortable. Even at 15 ounces, it’s still light enough on your head.
Before you buy this headset, you need to check three things. First of all, do you have the right PC and games that will complement this headset? If your games don’t offer 7.1 sound or your USB is inadequate, then this headset is not for you. Second, check the warranty. For its price, you better make sure what you’re buying has an extended warranty. Finally, you may want to check what other options you have for $240. There are other great headsets in this price range.